Douglas Montgomery

Doug MontgomeryDouglas Montgomery has trained in Melbourne theatre, dance, cabaret and circus arts and has worked extensively at renowned venues such as La Mama, Theatre Works, Chapel off Chapel, Sidney Myer Music Bowl and The Arts Centre. He prides himself on creating edgy and relevant theatre, dividing his time between producing, directing and teaching theatre, drama and film, as well as supporting emerging independent artists.

Directing Highlights include, Hamletmachine by Heiner Muller, Woman in the Window by Alma de Groen, Tape by Stephen Belber as well as numerous new Australian works. He has won awards for his directing at the Melbourne Short+Sweet and Short But Not So Sweet festivals, including Best Director for Arabesque at Chapel off Chapel and Best Production for Imagine the Afterlife at Cromwell Road Theatre, and been nominated for Best Direction for Just Another Tuesday Night at The Arts Centre.

Douglas has produced collaborative works for Hoy Polloy, Fly-On-The-Wall Theatre, Lab Kelpie, Komissar Kabaret, Candlelight Productions, Sister’s Grimm, Boroondara Theatre Company, Heidelberg Theatre Company, DefectorART, Melbourne Writer’s Theatre, Bearing Your Arts, Crash Test Drama Melbourne, Company White Wolf, Avid Theatre and many more. He established Broken Mirror Productions in 2008 as a rehearsal venue, production and theatre support company.

Directors Notes:
Eight months ago when Gavin approached me to direct this piece I genuinely wasn’t aware of the weight behind it. A perfectly dark and satirical nightmare if anyone was ever in a similar situation. The journey has been an interesting process of ups and downs, but with the fantastic team both onstage and off I believe we have a production that is truly amazing.

Dennis Kelly’s masterwork delves deep into the psyche of racism and fear. All the characters are scared of something. Whether its losing a loved one, losing their freedom or losing their family, all tied under the fear of something different. They are constantly striving to maintain their own pocket of normality, even if it means changing their perception of events.

It’s truly been a blessing to work with such a fine cast. My sixth show with Gavin, second as his director, I’ve seen him grow strength to strength as an actor and it’s easily his finest work to date. Patrick Moonie has been the diamond in the rough, his intensity and attention to detail has brought Liam to life in ways I didn’t think possible. Tying all that together is the beautiful Shian Denovan who literally jumped off the plane and auditioned for me, landing the role after insisting she perform the second piece that she prepared. The three of them have become a family to me.

Feel free to laugh and to cry in this piece, I know we all have. We are proud and excited to deliver this amazing work again to Melbourne audiences. Please enjoy the show.

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